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Many of you have posted journals here on the AB community in reference to Vani. You've voiced your frustrations and many of you have had an ongoing struggle concerning commissions or refunds. I know that I'm 5+ years late and I want to offer my deepest condolences to everyone who has had to fight for some justice and has lost hope in ever receiving what's due to them. I hope to be able to provide some changes and will do my best to ensure that everyone's needs are met in the process.

This journal will serve as a place of reference for those who are owed art or refunds. I will continue updating this journal with a plan of action, schedules, general information, etc. If I've left anything out or anyone has any questions, please feel free to comment or contact me directly through my email: koalakitty23@yahoo.com

I've contacted Vani and have had a long discussion about everything that was shared in the recent journal concerning her failure to follow through with work that was owed. I've passed along the incredible advice offered and have managed to come to an arrangement in order to start turning this negative situation around into something positive and hopefully satisfying to those waiting for compensation. There is still a lot we're discussing, but I wanted to share the most recent updates for everyone, so you know what to expect in the coming month. PLEASE keep in mind that I can't make things happen overnight, but I am doing my best to ensure that changes are made as promptly as possible within a reasonable time frame. I am deeply grateful for your patience and understanding in this situation.

Updates - June 7, 2012

- Vani will be attending Metrocon within the next week. She will NOT be offering commissions, but will be selling prints and other pre-made merchandise. Her goal is to work toward bringing in profit on those items in order to focus on the work she owes, as well as turn some of the income around for refunds.

- A spreadsheet will be posted listing all of the commissions owed, to give everyone a visual reference of her work in progress. We're hoping to have that posted by the end of June.

- Time management will be implemented into her work schedule. Commissions will take priority over personal/con work. The goal is to work on commissions during the week, then use the weekend to work on prints/merch. Sketches and other WIPs will be posted at the beginning of the week while finished work will be posted at the end of the week. Personal art will be done over the weekend.

- Individual notes will be sent out to all commissioners once everything else is organized, to ensure that everyone is updated and communication is being established. As soon as I have a time frame, I'll be sure to let everyone know.

For now, I suppose you can think of me as Vani's unofficial PR. I'd like to help minimize the frustration by offering some peace of mind and an ear to listen. I know many of you are angry and frustrated. I'm going to do my best to help resolve the issue at hand. Vani has expressed her willingness to show change and her desire to make amends. We've both agreed that the best way for her to do so is through action, rather than words or false promises. So within the month I hope to be able to share goals achieved, one step at a time. I know it may seem like small steps, but in time I hope they will grow into larger strides.

Thanks again for all of the suggestions and advice that has been shared. It is greatly appreciated by both Vani and myself and I promise it will be put to good use and not go wasted.

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Updates - July 1, 2012

As promised, Vani has posted a journal addressing the art she owes and offering a brief explanation on her plan of action. She is currently working on organizing her list of those who want refunds and those who would like artwork. This process may take some time, but will be worked through as swiftly as manageable. Further updates will be posted when present :3

You can view the journal here:

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3611807/
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stripesandteeth
Jun. 8th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Hey guys, I'm finally here to own up to my words, mistakes and the promise I made to Candace here. I even took a bit to think about what to say. But here I am, finally facing the problem. She expressed to me that you guys would feel better if you got my word on the situation.

I am more than grateful for what she is doing for me, so I'm going to honor that in hopes of redeeming myself and hopefully being able to finally turn things around. I imagine it won't necessarily change many of you guys' opinions right, but at least I will finally be doing the right thing that I've been holding off on for so long.

Look, I've made a lot of dumb mistakes here. I was contemplating giving the full story as to why commissions came to a sudden stop...but at this point I'm sure you all would rather see progress and action rather than hear some silly story. I, personally feel like it should be heard, but this isn't about me. It's about you guys and fixing the problem. Getting you guys your refunds or art, whichever is preferred.

Though, I guess I should start by apologizing for what I've done. I've let my terrible, lazy, procrastinating ways get the better of me. Not only that...but some bitterness I foolishly took out on everyone for a while there due to some personal issues that don't even involve my commissioners at all. That was mistake number one. I'm really sorry I just...dropped off the face of the FA/DA without saying a word. Leaving you all in the in the dark, only to assume the worst possible. It's my fault you guys think of me as you do now. It's fine if you do, I definitely deserve it for what I've done to you all. The best I can do is at least deliver what is expected. That is, if people still want my art in the first place. I understand if it's not wanted anymore.

Candace came to me when she saw what was all happening and came to me to express her concern. I was at my breaking point then from all the nasty messages I was getting and accepted her helping hand. I was more than overwhelmed by the fact that someone out there still had some faith in me, even though my chances looked pretty bad and there was no hope left. So because of that, I've decided to finally come back and fix the problem in hopes of making everything better for everyone. This isn't for me, it's for all of you.

Like Candace stated, right now I am incredibly busy with preparing for a con next weekend. It is my first priority because the more merchandise I can sell, the more income I will have to rely on for myself and most importantly, spare some money for refunds. I need you guys to trust me, even though that's hard to do right now, and let me complete this work. If you do, I can assure you that the outcome will be good for all of us. Someone mentioned me taking commissions at the con? Honestly, I can hardly sit still at my table for two hours without wanting to run around with my friends in cosplay like the child I am. I'm already going to be doing heap loads of work to sell, I would hate to do more work at the con, so I will not be doing them. Please take my word for it. I don't usually take commissions at my table, that I can promise. I'm already in trouble enough as it is, I would hate to make the problem worse. I also make more than enough on just pre-made merchandise, so that's all I really need. I will be honest here though, the only "commissions" I will be doing is for my Homestuck merchandise. However, I will only be accepting them if I'm up for them...more than likely I won't be. I have other options for giving that kind of merchandise away for free. Through trades, food, etc. Most likely food because I'm fat.

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spiffystuff
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
. I will be honest here though, the only "commissions" I will be doing is for my Homestuck merchandise

Why why why why why are you talking about stealing someone's IP in the very post you're trying to say you're going to do "the right thing"
technicolorgoop
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I have to admit I'm kind of disgusted that you're still insisting that you'll be selling Homestuck merch.

You know this is illegal and that the owners of the IP have asked you not to do it.

We know how you're planning to circumvent the rules, and we know how you're planning on doing it. If you're going to insist on doing the wrong thing, then somebody is going to contact WP/MSPA merch to warn them about it (and that someone will probably be me, because I'm horrid).

And really, I don't understand why you don't make merch of your generic sparkledogs- they're cute, Disney, and would sell like hotcakes.

Also, whining about being "fat" and therefore needing food is guilt-tripping, jsyk. You need to learn to state facts without trying to make us feel bad for you.
ariakitty
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
I think doing commissions of homestuck characters is actually okay. The creator just doesn't want merch with the characters on it being sold. So she's okay there. Of course, this could have changed between now and the time I initially read that tidbit of info.

Also, just my 2 cents here, I don't think she was trying to guilt trip us when she stated she would be trading art for food. She didn't say "because I'm starving to death" she said "because I'm fat". I think that may have been a little sarcasm? That's the way I took it anyway.
stripesandteeth
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Yeah...uh, that was sarcasm haha. I know I'm not fat. xD
technicolorgoop
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
You missed her original tumblr post on the subject: she's going to be mass-producing merch like buttons and prints, and "selling" them by throwing them in as "extras" when you "buy" a sketch or some other small piece of art from her.

Someone partially reblogged it to warn their followers about her scamming nature, and she promptly deleted the original.
neolucky
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
It's a grey area, since she's giving the merch away. I must admit it made me side-eye her to hear that, but realistically she made a bunch of stuff - nothing to do BUT give them away. And they're a good incentive for commissions, even if they are someone else's IP.

Honestly, I'd let it slide, if only because it's a waste to simply toss out the buttons. As long as she's not receiving money for those directly, I don't see an issue. This DOES feel like a loophole since she's technically selling them alongside the commissions. But there's no real way anyone can prove that.
technicolorgoop
Jun. 8th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
She's stated that her intention is to charge for the merch and draw a quick doodle to pretend that's not what she's doing.

So no, not letting it slide. The issue is that she went ahead and had the buttons made despite being perfectly aware that it was not allowed. It's a pretty stunning example of just how little she cares about the wishes of other people, especially when this amounts to theft in itself.
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neolucky
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Honestly, commissions are an "okay" area. I don't personally agree with doing them, but Hussie's mentioned that he has nothing against it. Just pre-made mass produced merch like buttons, prints and what not. It's a little too hard to police commissions, so it's best for him not to go overboard and say no. I may not be really a fan of Homestuck at all, but I do follow Hussie out of morbid curiosity, and I know commissions are kind of a grey area.

Now, if she were to take a MASSIVE amount of them and net herself a crapload of profit as a result, then I'd have beef.
technicolorgoop
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
You missed her original tumblr post on the subject: she's going to be mass-producing merch like buttons and prints, and "selling" them by throwing them in as "extras" when you "buy" a sketch or some other small piece of art from her.

Someone partially reblogged it to warn their followers about her scamming nature, and she promptly deleted the original.
neolucky
Jun. 8th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
No. I didn't. I saw the entire thing. It's kinda not cool to copy paste an assumption =p. Trust me, I know what was said, I read it myself.

I saw that she admitted that hussies rep told her not to sell it. She then said she'd offer them as extras for commissions - something she's allowed to sell. The buttons are an added extra for commissioning her, if she takes them at all. She WAS going to sell her mass produced stuff, but apparently now she won't.
celarania
Jun. 8th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
Also, whining about being "fat" and therefore needing food is guilt-tripping, jsyk. You need to learn to state facts without trying to make us feel bad for you.

I'm with ariakitty on this: how is "I have other options for giving that kind of merchandise away for free. Through trades, food, etc. Most likely food because I'm fat," at all guilt-tripping? It's not "pity me for I must eat!" or "How dare you ask for that, I don't even have food?" It's absolutely just stating a fact (she needs food) without any moralizing or implications.

It's actually something that's rubbed me the wrong way a couple of times in this community latle, so sorry, but I'm kind of taking it out on you. Saying "I had x issue and that is why I am late/out of communication/whatever" is sometimes just a reason, not a guilt trip. IMHO, the difference comes from whether you expect the commissioner to do anything about it. It's the difference between explaining an issue that resulted in you making a decision (I'm sick therefore commissions will be late), and trying to use your condition to force a commissioner to make a specific decision (How can you make me work when I'm feeling sick?). Mentioning relevant hardships is not always guilt-tripping.
technicolorgoop
Jun. 8th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
The part I object to is specifically the "I am fat, therefore I need food". Everybody needs to eat! The "fat" comment was completely unnecessary.
Basically, she's using the stigma of the word "fat" to demean herself and try and appeal to our senses of pity. "I need to eat" is a valid reason, but the fat shaming is just more of her victim complex coming through.

This is an issue that rubs me the wrong way, too. People like to use or blame "fatness" for lazy, slovenly or unhealthy behaviour due to the way the media demonises the term.

I went through about fifty pages of her blog yesterday, and half the posts there were about her diet; the foods she can't eat until it's finished, the drugs she's taking to speed it up, that sort of thing.

And as someone who knows how unhealthy dieting actually is (and is aware of the fact it only "works" 5% of the time, which is something you achieve by never coming off a diet), any post by a stereotypically thin person about how "fat" they are sets off warning bells.

Being fat is not a hardship.
kayla_la
Jun. 8th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Fat shaming and the like is pretty off-topic, so I'm freezing this here.
sweepshire
Jun. 8th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Good luck Ash! I'm happy to see this all (hopefully!) getting resolved, I know you can do it :)

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